It’s a mixed bag of news this week in the truck game with the expansion of electric vehicles from Volvo and the rest of the Asia Pacific, four wheel drive trucks over the horizon and a retirement for a top Swedish executive
Scania MD to Retire
Mikael Jansson, Scania Australia Managing Director since August 2017, will return to Sweden at the end of July, after a five-year stint in Australia. Mikael, 63, says he will retire following his very enjoyable time in Australia.
“I was very excited to be invited to run the Scania Australia business after 30 years working for Scania mostly in Sweden, and I have really enjoyed my time here,” says Mikael. “Scania’s performance has stepped up another notch or two over the past five years as we powered our way toward 10 per cent market share for heavy trucks.
“Despite lockdowns and work from home orders, I was exceptionally proud of the effort our Scania family and the teams at our authorised independent dealers delivered to keep our customers on the road over the past two-and-a-half years. This effort, no matter the difficulty, really shows how we live the promise of our ‘customer first’ core value.”
Medium Duty Electric Trucks for Australia
Volvo Trucks Australia has announced that sales have started of the truck maker’s all-electric medium duty truck range for Australian transport operators. The new Volvo FL and FE Electric medium duty range will now provide a zero emissions option in GVM applications ranging from 16,000 to 26,000kg.
Battery packs are also able to be configured to suit varying applications with a choice of three or four battery packs on offer. With four batteries on board both the FL and FE Electric offer 265kWh capacity, while the 3-battery option offers 200kWh. The FL Electric utilises a single motor driveline that provides power to the ground via a 2-speed automated transmission and develops 135kW of continuous power with 425Nm of torque available from standstill.
New 4×4 from Iveco
Iveco has released preliminary details of its next generation Daily 4×4 cab chassis model, ahead of the vehicle’s proposed official Australian launch in the second quarter of 2023.
The new model which is available in single and dual cab variants with 7t GVM and three wheelbase options, introduces independent front suspension to improve ride dynamics. Rear suspension remains parabolic three-leaf, ensuring the vehicle retains its current load carrying abilities.
It will use an 8-speed fully automatic transmission. In demanding off-road conditions the automatic allows the operator to keep both hands on the wheel and better focus on negotiating obstacles without having to worry about changing gears.
Electric Trucks Boom in Asia Pacific
New research from Interact Analysis shows that total electrified powertrain component revenues for the truck and bus market in Asia Pacific, will hit $68 billion in 2030, up from $3.7 billion in 2021 up 38 per cent. The region’s electrified truck and bus market is set to increase 18-fold from 2021 to 2030, reaching 4 million units. Battery electric is by far the leading powertrain type at 97 per cent of all new energy on-road bus and truck units in 2021, and set to continue to 2030. Fuel cells have a much weaker market position (2,000 units sold in 2021), The survey predicts growth out to 2030 reaching 322,000-unit shipments.
Driven by the large volume of vehicle production, China leads the way with a share of 83 per cent, with sales expected to reach $42.3 billion in 2030. The rest of Asia Pacific, including Japan, India, South Korea and other countries, are expected to grow by 51 per cent annually up to 2030, when revenues will total $26.1 billion.
It certainly is a mixed bag of news this week in the truck game.